The king's grave : the search for Richard III / Philippa Langley and Michael Jones Langley, Philippa

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Richard, III, King of England 1452-1485; Excavations (Archaeology) - England - Leicester.; Bosworth Field, Battle of, England, 1485.
The discovery of King Richard III's body beneath a car park in Leicester is an astonishing archaeological find of enormous historical importance; and Philippa Langley's belief that she would find Richard in this exact place ranks among the great stories of passionate intuition and perseverance against the odds. Written in alternating chapters, with Richard's 15th-century life told by historian Michael Jones contrasting with the 21st-century eyewitness account of the search for the remains, The King's Grave will be both an extraordinary portrait of the last Plantagenet monarch and the inspiring story of a unique archaeological dig. Philippa Langley says: "The King's Grave will tell the full inside story of my long search for the mortal remains of Richard III as it actually unfolded." Michael Jones comments, "The search for Richard III lays to rest the Machiavellian anti-hero and puts the man firmly back into the context of his times." Roland Philipps said : "The King's Grave is destined to be the stand-out popular history title of 2013. Even before I knew of Mike Jones's involvement I had been following the Leicester dig closely as I have always been fascinated by the character and story of Richard, as well as the accession of the Tudors in both history and as portrayed by Shakespeare. Mike's Bosworth 1485 is a brilliant work of forensic, historical clarity and his knowledge, combined with Philippa's passion and conviction that has led to this remarkable discovery and the new light it sheds, will combine to make a hugely compelling, accessible book: both a reassessment of history and a fascinating contemporary story." - Publisher. The official inside story of the life, death and remarkable discovery of history's most controversial monarch. On 22 August 1485 Richard III was killed at Bosworth Field, the last king of England to die in battle. His victorious opponent, Henry Tudor (the future Henry VII), went on to found one of our most famous ruling dynasties. Richard's body was displayed in undignified fashion for two days in nearby Leicester and then hurriedly buried in the church of the Greyfriars. Fifty years later, at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, the king's grave was lost - its contents believed to be emptied into the river Soar - and Richard III's reputation buried under a mound of Tudor propaganda.
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